i think I am bypassing Santiago...would love your opinions
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 4:36 PM Last Post By: amarilla
Dec 9, 2012 2:24 AM
i think I am bypassing Santiago...would love your opinionsI really, REALLY was looking forward to Santiago, but I think we are going to bypass after reading this. We are actively trying to concieve and I just can't risk it in case we succeed while we're there. Am I being paranoid, or smart? We were planning on heading through there mid Feb. I wanted to go spend money and bring donations to help, but I want to keep healthy, especially if we have a little bean in my belly. Opinions, please.
Dec 9, 2012 3:50 AM
1I have seen some graphic reports from some US east coast places that were also affected by Sandy. My judgment is that reparations even there take time and do not benefit from tourists roaming around.
I think you are right, bypass Santiago for the time being, even Oriente. Ask official travel agents in Cuba where it is safe to go, and take normal precautions. There are so many nice places to go to.
Is Miami Herald famous for giving proper intelligence on Cuba? I am not convinced.
Dec 9, 2012 4:50 AM
2#1 I agree with your advice. It will take time to clean up that mess. Cuba does not have the resources available as in the US and they are having enough problems of their own.
I always thought the Miami Herald was a pretty good source of news on Cuba. Of course they tend to focus on the negative but we can read Granma to get the positive slant on things.
Dec 9, 2012 5:41 AM
3Jac, all travel is stressful. Adding to the stress by worrying about possible health dangers is probably not a good idea. But having said that, I would say that it is a good idea to check your information sources, and in the case of this article, try to critically analyse what has been reported as fact and what has been proven as fact. Certainly there is widespread concern about the possibility of cholera, and authorities are taking quite stringent preventive measures, including house to house investigation (and how remarkable is that, I ask) and hand washing and shoe disinfection.
You don't have to make final decisions about your holiday in Cuba right now. Read more scientific information about both cholera and dengue, how these diseases are contracted, how dangerous they actually are, and what preventive measures can be taken personally, and don't panic at this stage.
I have never met a tourist in Cuba who drinks tap water, and I don't think you would either. The casas that you would stay in in Stgo will have sewerage connected, they will be fumigated for mosquitoes, the puddle police will call around occasionally to check the back yard for stagnant water, you will not be eating street food if you have any sense. Don't panic, don't make hasty decisions based on hearsay, take it easy for a while until you are closer to your departure date.
I am speaking as someone who likes Santiago, sure, but also as someone who lives in a part of the world where cyclones and severe floods are a part of life. Santiago is not Haití after the earthquake, Sendai after the tsunami, Aceh after the tsunami. It is a town with electricity and a functioning population, even though the surrounding countryside may have been devastated and the city roofs blown away. It is not a horror story.
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Dec 9, 2012 2:47 PM
8Chaotic!! Frustrating!! Fun!! And we are getting a puppy as well!!
I must be out of my mind.
Seriously - he is suffering tremendous home-sickness and culture shock, offset by the 'wonder' of it all. I must get it all down in the blog before it settles down into boring suburban bliss. My brother took him fishing in the local creek and he saw his first crocodile, much jubilation, and caught enough fish for dinner. He is already being talked about at the local dance venue - they dance LA there mostly and he is a novelty.
Like Patricia, I hope you get to Santiago. The trees will grow again :-)
Dec 9, 2012 4:36 PM
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